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Duck Dynasty: ‘Going to shoot him? The woman? Me?’

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Where does it end? Can’t we make distinctions anymore between someone who wants to beat up homosexuals and someone who (1) affirms what the Bible says, (2) recognizes that gays are also made after God’s image, and (3) notes that all of us, without exception, are sinners? Must we all applaud propaganda? Can’t we oppose bullying attempts from both sides?

Where does it end? Many homosexuals want peace, but chunks of America’s gay lobby seem devoted to the destruction of anyone who says anything negative about homosexual practice. Robertson’s comments could have been shrugged off as the hiccups of a charming old man from a vanishing lifestyle. As David Mathis on the Desiring God website noted, Duck Dynasty “is doing just as much to marginalize Christians as backwater as it is getting the name of Jesus on television—as if that was ever the tip of the spear for the Great Commission, anyway.”

That’s what makes this current clash one more foray onto what Matthew Arnold long ago called “a darkling plain / Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, / Where ignorant armies clash by night.” Duck Dynasty is no threat to the ascendant gay lobby and it’s no great benefit to evangelism either, so it’s easy to say Christians should duck this fight. But where does it end? With quoting unpopular parts of the Bible a cause for termination? With books doing that unable to be sold in stores or online? With imprisonment or worse?

With the support Robertson is receiving, I hope this particular episode will go down in history as a silly A&E mistake that others will not emulate. The greater danger is of government forcing out of business Christian adoption agencies, Christian bakers and photographers who oppose homosexuality, and many others. Many people will use language less crude than Phil Robertson’s, but he and everyone else should be free to say what the Bible says.

Harrison Ford’s character in Witness had the brilliant, desperate idea of forcing an armed and dangerous but not essentially homicidal man to decide how far he was willing to go. “Going to shoot him? The woman? Me? It’s over.” I hope Christians won’t go wild over this latest purge but will calmly yet resolutely oppose it. I’m praying that God will shed His grace on homosexuals and heterosexual adulterers and all of us.

Along with recommending Witness, I also recommend José María Gironella’s The Cypresses Believe in God, a great novel set in Spain of the 1930s, where those on the left and right fired each other from 1931 to 1936 and then fired at each other for three years of a terrible civil war. We need to avoid that in the United States. This is not a question of whether or not to defend Duck Dynasty. It’s a question of whether to defend liberty.

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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